Since I was taking NYEDay off as a personal holiday, and the Bean was in day care for the day, I decided to wrangle up a few friends and get some gaming in to close out the year.
First, a quick game of Onitama
to pass the time as one person showed up and we waited for the other. That's my "Chess-like" (2p, abstract, board movement, capture) game of choice at the moment; it's enough like Chess that it's easy for most people to understand, enough things about the game state change that you don't need to be able to think 10-20 moves ahead (which I just can't), and there's enough variability between games that it hasn't been solved.
I finally obtained a copy of Castles of Burgundy
for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and for our first play, we missed a major
rule. (Turns out you have to place tiles adjacent to other tiles on your board! Whoops!) So we broke it out again and tried it, this time correctly. Surprisingly, our scores were almost as high as they were that first game, but the grouping was incredibly
tight: 207-206-202. I was expecting far lower scores because of the placement restrictions.
For the last game of that set of people, we got out my current obsession, Terraforming Mars
. A number of my friends conspired to get me a set of the upgraded, 3-D tile components, so the board is now really purty
when you're playing. After that, one of the two people left, but the other ended up sticking around for the New Year and, in fact, crashing at our house because stupid people were going to be on the road and she lives about 45 minutes away.
Which meant after Bean went to bed, she, my wife and I (at my wife's insistence, no less!) got TM
back out and tried it again, this time using only the Prelude and BGG bonus corporations so that we could see how they played. Turns out Recyclon
plus Extreme-Cold Fungus
is a hugely broken combo
The next day, everyone had the day off, so the four of us chilled at the house, and while Bean took her nap, the three of us took to Mars again. Once again
the Recyclon/ECF combo came up, and once again that player ran away with the game. Broken!! (It also helped that, between those two games, I was the one of the three of us who didn't play it.